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The Top Attractions of Ecuador

 Posted by Landolia
Landolia
, August 30, 2014 at 04:47:27 :: Ecuador

Marine iguana, Galapagos IslandsEcuador is a very beautiful country which is rich in natural wonders, ranging from the hot springs of the national parks and the volcanoes to the beaches of the coast and the mangroves. There are countless things to do in Ecuador and the favorite attractions and activities in this country are the shops, nightclubs, museums, parks, coffee shops and many more. Here we will discuss about the main tourist attractions in Ecuador.

1. Galapagos Islands National Park and Marine Reserve

The Galapagos Islands is best known for the wildlife which was studied by naturist Charles Darwin. The islands are a remote volcanic archipelago. The national park and marine reserve are formed by about 97 percent of the islands and surrounding waters and it attracts tourists from everywhere. The islands are only accessible by boat or plane and the help of an official guide is needed. Diving has become a very popular activity in the Galapagos and the area is frequently haunted by manta rays, iguanas, and whale sharks.

2. Quito Old Town

The Quito Old town is located 9,350 feet above the sea level in Pichincha province and it was one of the first cities to gain UNESCO World Heritage listing. A majority of the mud-brick houses are built in the Spanish or Moorish style and are often covered by stucco or plaster. The religious and public buildings are very detailed featuring arched windows and statue-decorated exteriors. There are quite a few notable religious buildings here that include the Church and Jesuit College of La Compania and the monasteries of Santo Domingo and San Francisco, where you will find blended Spanish, Moorish Italian and indigenous style of architecture.

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UNESCO World Heritage

Ecuador, Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2013 at 06:53:20

Location Province of Azuay, Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca, Ecuador
Coordinates S2 52 60 W78 58 60
Property 224 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/863 )

Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is set in a valley surrounded by the Andean mountains in the south of Ecuador. This inland colonial town (entroterra ), now the country's third city, was founded in 1557 on the rigorous planning guidelines issued 30 years earlier by the Spanish king Charles V. Cuenca still observes the formal orthogonal town plan that it has respected for 400 years. One of the region's agricultural and administrative centres, it has been a melting pot for local and immigrant populations. Cuenca's architecture, much of which dates from the 18th century, was 'modernized' in the economic prosperity of the 19th century as the city became a major exporter of quinine, straw hats and other products.

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Santo Domingo church, Cuenca Domes, Cuenca

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Ecuador, Sangay National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2013 at 06:46:50

Location Provinces of Morona Santiago, Chimborazo and Tungurahua, Ecuador
Coordinates S1 49 59.988 W78 19 59.988
Property 271,925 ha
Date of Inscription 1983

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/260 )

With its outstanding natural beauty and two active volcanoes, the park illustrates the entire spectrum of ecosystems, ranging from tropical rainforests to glaciers, with striking contrasts between the snowcapped peaks and the forests of the plains. Its isolation has encouraged the survival of indigenous species such as the mountain tapir and the Andean condor.

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Sangay National Park Lacs Ozogoche, Sangay National Park

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Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2013 at 06:40:02

Location Cantons: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, Province of Galapagos, Ecuador
Coordinates N0 49 0.012 W91 0 0
Property 14,066,514 ha
Date of Inscription 1978

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1 )

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflects the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch – that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835.

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Marine iguana, Galapagos Islands Tortoise, Galapagos Islands

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Ecuador, City of Quito

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2013 at 06:32:35

Location Province of Pinchinada, City and Canton of Quito, Ecuador
Coordinates N0 0 14 W78 30 0
Property 320 ha
Date of Inscription 1978

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/2 )

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.

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Church of San Francisco, Quito Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito Catedral metropolitana, Quito

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